Thursday, September 18, 2014

Starbucks - Magic Kingdom

Starbucks currently has four locations at Disney World.  The stores are located in the Magic Kingdom on Main Street U.S.A., in Epcot in Future World, and at Downtown Disney on the West Side, and in front of the World of Disney store at the Marketplace.  A Starbucks, called The Trolley Car Cafe, will open on Hollywood Boulevard in Disney's Hollywood Studios in February 2015.  

Last summer, the Main Street Bakery became the first Starbucks location at the Walt Disney World Resort.  If you are looking for a list of what is safe to drink at Starbucks, check out The Celiac Diva's blog post about gluten free beverages at Starbucks here.  You might also want to read "What Starbucks products are gluten-free?here.  

The Starbucks in the Magic Kingdom has the certified gluten free La Boulange Marshmallow Dream Bar, which is just as good as the gluten free Rice Krispies treats I make at home.  It does contain dairy, and has a warning that it is manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts/nuts. 

Other gluten free options include fresh fruit, but I did not see the flourless chewy chocolate cookies that come in a package with gluten free labeling, which I have been searching for all summer.  

None of the Disney Parks Rice Krispies Treats are gluten free, so it's nice to have a safe option with the Marshmallow Dream Bar at Starbucks. 

Don't let the ingredients list fool you on the Rice Krispies Treats at Disney.  They contain no warning about wheat, because they don't contain wheat.  What they do contain is malt (aka barley malt), which is not gluten free.  Gluten Free Rice Krispies do not contain this ingredient.  Unfortunately, none of the Disney Parks Rice Krispies Treats are made with Rice Krispies Gluten Free Cereal.

If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, you can use your snack credits at Starbucks.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Captain Cook's - Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Today, I had lunch at Captain Cook's, a quick service restaurant at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.  For a limited time in September and October, Disney is testing allergy-friendly menus at the ABC Commissary, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, and The Hollywood Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios, Kona Cafe and Captain Cook's at the Polynesian Village Resort, the Flying Fish Cafe at Disney's BoardWalk, and the World Premiere Food Court at the All Star Movies Resort.

The new gluten free menu at Captain Cook's lists the following options:


Entrees - gluten free waffles with bacon or sausage; scrambled eggs, potatoes, and bacon or sausage; bounty platter with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and gluten free waffles

Kid's Meals - gluten free waffles with bacon or sausage; scrambled eggs, potatoes, and bacon or sausage; egg white and ham scramble with fruit and yogurt


Entrees - chicken tenders with french fries; chicken plate with grilled chicken breast, seasonal vegetables, and rice; hamburger or cheeseburger on a gluten free bun with french fries

Kid's Meals - chicken tenders with grapes, carrots, applesauce, or french fries; chicken and pineapple skewers with side salad and grapes; hamburger or cheeseburger served on a gluten free bun with grapes, carrots, applesauce, or french fries

The gluten free menu was given to me by a cashier, who suggested I speak to a manager before ordering.  I watched the manager oversee the preparation of my food while I waited.

I ended up ordering the chicken plate with grilled chicken breast, seasonal vegetables, and rice.  I asked for a side of gluten free soy sauce, because I was worried the chicken might be a little tasteless after the manager told me it is only seasoned with salt and pepper.  

I felt like I ate a pretty healthy lunch, the vegetables and chicken were cooked well, and the portion size was perfect.  I liked my meal, but found myself wishing the chicken and pineapple skewers were on the adult menu.  If this dish had been served with some gluten free teriyaki sauce, it would have been a lot more flavorful. 

Captain Cook's didn't have any gluten free dessert options listed on their menu, and I didn't spot anything besides fruit and ice cream bars in the restaurant, so I walked outside to the Pineapple Lanai to have a Dole Whip.  

I ordered a pineapple and vanilla Dole Whip soft serve swirl.  It was so delicious, I will be ordering my Dole Whip this way at Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom from now on.  You can read more about Dole Whip here.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at Captain Cook's?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Beach Club Marketplace

Earlier this week, after enjoying an amazing breakfast at Kouzzina, I walked over to Disney's Beach Club Resort to check out their selection of BabyCakes baked goods.  

BabyCakes at Downtown Disney closed earlier this year because of construction of Disney Springs, but their baked goods can still be found at several locations around Disney World.  

The Beach Club Marketplace is a quick service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  You can view their menus here, on Disney's website.  

Right away, I spotted their display of gluten free baked goods.  

The Beach Club Marketplace sells BabyCakes chocolate chip cookies, which are free of gluten, dairy, egg, and soy, just like their other baked goods. 

BabyCakes products are also vegan and kosher.  

The Beach Club Marketplace has chocolate glazed and cinnamon sugar donuts.  

The cinnamon sugar donuts have always been one of favorite items from BabyCakes.  They can also be found at the Gardens Kiosk at Disney's Animal Kingdom.  

You can view the recipe for Erin McKenna's cinnamon sugar donuts from Babycakes Covers the Classics here.  

The Beach Club Marketplace also carries OMG...It's Gluten Free Fudge Brownies, which are ridiculously good.  My whole family loves them!

Have you eaten at Disney's Beach Club Marketplace? What are your favorite gluten free dishes?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles

Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix is one of our favorite gluten free products.  The pancakes we have made with it are the best gluten free pancakes we have had, and it makes terrific waffles too.  You can read my review of Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix here.  

Since Labor Day, I have been completely focused on fall recipes, so I decided I needed to figure out how to make pumpkin waffles, because I hadn't had them since my celiac diagnosis six years ago.  I used all the same spices I use in my pumpkin scones recipe, and substituted organic pumpkin puree for the egg called for in the waffle recipe on the bag.  

I mixed together 1 pouch of Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix with milk, organic pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, butter and vanilla extract.  I was able to make 11 mini Mickey waffles with the batter.  

Sometimes you hit a home run your first time at bat, and this was one of those times for me.  The waffles could not have been more perfect.  They had a nice subtle pumpkin flavor, and I could taste all those lovely spices that remind me so much of fall.  Served with a little butter and my favorite maple syrup, they were just heavenly.  

Sadly, my family was not around to enjoy my gluten free pumpkin waffles this morning, but I will be freezing the eight that are left for breakfast on a school day later this week.  I have had a lot of success freezing the waffles I have made with Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix, then defrosting them in the microwave when we are ready to eat them.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles with Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix


1 pouch of Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix (8.7 oz)
3/4 C lowfat milk
1/4 C organic pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp ginger
6 T melted butter
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract


Preheat waffle iron.  Melt the butter, and allow it to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, whisk together the mix, milk, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.  Add the butter and vanilla, stirring until just incorporated.  Do not overmix.

Scoop the batter into preheated waffle iron, and cook according to the instructions that come with the waffle iron.

Recipe Notes

You can read more about my Mickey waffle maker, and how I cook my waffles here.  Each batch only takes 3 minutes.

I purchase Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix from Williams-Sonoma.  You can purchase it online, or locally, from their stores in Winter Park or the Mall at Millenia.

Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle mix contains cornstarch, white rice flour, sugar, brown rice flour, milk powder, tapioca flour, baking powder, potato starch, salt and xanthan gum.  The only allergy warning on the package is that it contains milk products.

I use Simply Balanced Organic Maple Syrup 100% pure grade A medium amber from Target.  Best maple syrup ever!

A big thanks to my friend Chef Tony, who gave me some advice on how to use the pumpkin puree.  When subbing pumpkin puree for egg in a recipe, use 1/4 cup per egg.

Linked to:  Gluten-Free WednesdaysGluten-Free & DIY Tuesday, Gluten Free Fridays